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Silvereyes are my lockdown’s silver lining

<p>The dreary sameness of working from home is lifted by the birds visiting my garden, showing me how the world changes as it turns</p><p>I’ve been working from home in Melbourne since mid-March 2020 – as an office worker, I’ve been one of the lucky ones in this pandemic. My housemate and I have a back room that we keep as a spare bedroom for when family or friends visit from interstate or overseas – but it quickly became apparent that that wouldn’t be happening any time soon, so I took it.</p><p>I set up my desk with a view out over the small back garden. The garden doesn’t get many birds, so each one is notable: the red wattlebird; the eastern spinebill; the spotted pardalote. There’s not much in the garden to attract them – I’m renting, so there’s a limit to what I can do – but I’m only a few minutes’ walk from a wealth of birdlife in the extensive bushland along Merri Creek and Yarra Bend Park. I’m lucky to live here, and I’m lucky to be able to afford to rent here, even though the exorbitant inner-city rent takes a third of my monthly income.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/29/silvereyes-are-my-lockdowns-silver-lining">Continue reading...</a>

The dreary sameness of working from home is lifted by the birds visiting my garden, showing me how the world changes as it turns

I’ve been working from home in Melbourne since mid-March 2020 – as an office worker, I’ve been one of the lucky ones in this pandemic. My housemate and I have a back room that we keep as a spare bedroom for when family or friends visit from interstate or overseas – but it quickly became apparent that that wouldn’t be happening any time soon, so I took it.

I set up my desk with a view out over the small back garden. The garden doesn’t get many birds, so each one is notable: the red wattlebird; the eastern spinebill; the spotted pardalote. There’s not much in the garden to attract them – I’m renting, so there’s a limit to what I can do – but I’m only a few minutes’ walk from a wealth of birdlife in the extensive bushland along Merri Creek and Yarra Bend Park. I’m lucky to live here, and I’m lucky to be able to afford to rent here, even though the exorbitant inner-city rent takes a third of my monthly income.

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